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Zero hours contracts are sometimes used by employers that require flexibility in their workforce, for example where the need for workers is unpredictable. Under a zero hours contract, the employer is not obliged to offer the worker a set number of hours. Their use has attracted controversy and in 2013 the government outlined plans to restrict the use of “exclusivity clauses” whereby workers are stopped from working for other employers.
10 Mar 2021
The cycling retailer, owned by Frasers Group, expects to slash headcount and change the remaining workers' contracts.
26 Feb 2021
The European Commission has begun its consultation on the rights of gig economy workers whose labour is governed by digital platforms.
23 Feb 2021
The Supreme Court's decision in the Uber v Aslam case is set to have significant implications for the app-based working model. But what comes next for Uber and its workers?
19 Feb 2021
Uber loses final possible appeal against employment tribunal judgment that its drivers are entitled to workers' rights.
19 Feb 2021
Amazon has been accused of cancelling shifts at the last minute and 'short-changing' workers.
4 Feb 2021
Many proposed employment law changes that the government has put forward in the last few years have stalled, mainly as...
18 Jan 2021
A poll finds many have been ordered into work when they could have easily and safely worked from home.
14 Dec 2020
Tour operator Tui’s decision last month not to furlough seasonal workers attracted criticism not only from its workforce, but also...
9 Nov 2020
In a less commented upon US ballot, California last week voted to exempt Uber and Lyft drivers from being classified as employees.
5 Nov 2020
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has started investigating why health and social care workers from ethnic minority backgrounds are more at risk of Covid-19.
27 Oct 2020
Almost two-thirds (64%) of businesses would support tightening employment laws to prevent worker exploitation.
This is according to a poll...
15 Jun 2020
Drawing narrow comparisons between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ types of work does nothing to help precarious workers, according to a panel...
11 Jun 2020
The High Court today hears a case brought by drivers and the IWGB over Treasury's failure to protect precarious workers during the Covid-19 crisis.
4 Jun 2020
The government should introduce a ‘new settlement’ for low paid workers, giving them more control over the hours they work...